she’s just a girl (in JV houseband)

Claude had been planning on auditioning for JV houseband at SoR over the winter, but during the audition week we all got some bug that had all three of us in one bed watching two entire seasons of “Robin of Sherwood”. She did not seem to have any regrets; then once, she said she wished…

a friendship begins

A few months ago we watched the documentary Off the Rails. C. and B. were already of the sound opinion that the “court system” was nothing but a matter of opinion, subject to whim and change, and just as full of babyish, unhappy bullies as it was full of good lawyers doing work with respect…

fan fiction writing at mighty writers

Here is your workshop leader, five minutes before class starts, having a serious bout of imposter syndrome. I have been under the impression that I had just started liking MY kids more the closer they got to puberty. Turns out, I think I love this age group. We had a diverse group of 10-13-year olds…

signed, sealed, delivered

They’ve been singing that all over Fishtown. Their “big” friend Matti (who with his mom Juls came and stayed during Christmastime, from Athens, GA), is the one other person they know with a Pretskull pin. So. Extra cool. And yes, the Easter Bunny is EXTREMELY proud of the “Oxford Library” scented candle for Claudia. Reese’s…

practical magic

The last three Easter’s in a row had good hauls (including bikes, one year), but also are remembered for being days where, sadly, something unpleasant happened as well (“Mommy, there’s a lump in my neck,” having been my least favorite). Claudia would be less likely to measure this pattern, but I could tell Béla was…

nothing really matters

I imagine when Claudia and Béla are adults they will talk on the phone about how we used to sit and watch YouTube on tv and sing and just go down a rabbit hole of decades and decades of music videos. It is one of our favorite times together. It is more interactive than just…

“treasure island” at the arden

NO we did not finish reading it aloud before seeing the play. But I think it’s for the better. They loved this so much it will bring new life and perspective to the end of the book for them. And those hours are so precious to us as a family. At least someone should like…

finishing up “treasure island”, hopefully with a bang

We have tickets to the musical version this Friday! I never thought I’d see either of them read such a book out loud. When we began, they didn’t even try to take turns with it, and left it to Tuck. Now they both read. “Treasure Island” has been going slowly and concurrently with “Robin Hood”,…

marvel: SPRING BREAK EDITION

it was pretty amazing. i caught the fever. this really kinda killed me: naturally, a favorite… thanks to chris and bruce for making the first day of spring break a big colorful fun one! not all heroes wear capes but i think most of them wear antiperspirant.

one day you’re on a very pitched roof,

The next you’re the back half of a giant tardigrade. We’re having a semi-spring break week or two — because we never really take breaks, even at Christmas — and these are two kids looking for the extra hunkering down of Home. So reading out loud, rockstars-in-our-living-room YouTube time, getting a pizza or Popeye’s… and…

ARENA ROCK

These School of Rock show seasons are always like this; you eat sleep and breathe eleven songs for months, and then in one weekend, it’s all over. This was that weekend. Probably the big overall winner was last night’s version of “Barracuda”. I love the moment where she appears to be working out a math…